LA GUADALUPANA / LA SANTA MUERTE
This street intervention consists, technically, in the placement of a panel (measures 1.50 meters high, 2.20 meters long) covered with 800 printed cards with the figure of the Virgin of Guadalupe (known in Mexico as Our Lady of Guadalupe or “Guadalupana”) inserted with 800 printed cards of the “Holy Death” (deity venerated in Mexico called “La Santa Muerte”). Each image hides its opposite (beneath each Virgen de Guadalupe’s card there is one of La Santa Muerte and vice versa).
At one side of the panel there is a sign where the words “Take one for free” are written. So when each passerby takes one card of his or her venerated saint the image that is unveiled is the one of the opposite deity.
The approximate length of the intervention is of three hours. After that period of time the police removed the panel from the streets since its presence “disturbed the order and the moral and religious spirit of the people”.
Emilio García Wehbi